Arthritis in the knee is often more specifically a condition called osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a “wear and tear” disease that damages your... joints over time. Knee arthritis mainly affects adults over the age of 455,6, in many cases due to overuse over an extended period of time. Osteoarthritis in the knee occurs when the cartilage that cushions your knee joint wears down to the point that it can no longer effectively protect the bones. When cartilage is worn through, the bones start rubbing against each other, causing painful swelling, inflammation, and stiffness in your knee joint.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis in the knee include:
- Knee joint pain
- Bone spurs, that result in misshapen or larger joints
- Limited joint function and mobility
- Increased knee pain at night7
Acute injuries that cause knee pain
Injuries that cause acute knee pain include:
- Ligament injuries
- Meniscus injuries
Quite often, acute knee injuries are a result of twisting your knee during sport or simply going about your day – like bumping your knee on the coffee table (we’ve been there!) If you experience knee pain after running or knee pain after exercise and you can pinpoint an improper movement, twist, or moment in which you landed funny on your knee, you may have an acute injury.
If you have an old injury that wasn’t properly addressed, you may experience frequent pain or inflammation flare-ups that can cause chronic knee pain. Depending on how severe your pain is, you may decide to seek medical treatment or manage your pain yourself using non-medicinal methods.
Medical conditions that can cause chronic knee pain
Chronic knee pain due to medical conditions and underlying diseases require long-term management plans created in partnership with your doctor.
If you love running and working out, way to go! It’s a great way to get moving and keep fit. However, athletes and runners can be prone to knee injuries.
Runner’s Knee is felt as pain around the kneecap and can be the result of overuse, injury, abnormalities of the leg bones or feet and weak muscles. Knee injuries are common among athletes, for example, who often experience tears in the knee ligaments, leading to sudden knee pain.
Runner’s Knee is a condition that can affect anyone who partakes in activities that require a lot of bending of the knee, such as running, walking, jumping or cycling.
Symptoms of Runner’s Knee include:
- Pain behind or around the kneecap, including pain on the side of your knee
- Pain when you bend your knee
- Pain that is worse when you are walking downhill or downstairs
- Popping or grinding in the knee
Manage Runner’s Knee by resting the knee and using a medicated product like an anti-inflammatory.